Dictionary of Bible Themes
That which is visible on the outside may reveal the true person, but is sometimes misleading. Judging by it and boasting in it are typical of sinful humanity. God sees the inner reality.
Outward appearance can reveal the truth
Outward appearance can be deceptive
While people may judge by outward appearance, God does not
People take note of outward appearance
God looks at the heart
The folly of boasting in outward appearance
What is unseen is more important than outward appearance
Beautiful physical appearance
Examples of the problems and opportunities caused by beautiful outward appearance
Genesis 12:11-15 Sarah's beauty led to Abraham's folly; Genesis 39:6-7 Joseph's handsome appearance led to his being tempted by Potiphar's wife; 1 Samuel 9:2; Samuel 16:12; Samuel 25:3; 2 Samuel 11:2-3 Bathsheba's beauty tempted David; 2 Samuel 14:25-26; Esther 1:10-11; Esther 2:7 Esther's beauty was an opportunity for God.
The cultivation of inner beauty encouraged